Marker Stone

Read by Paul J. Joseph

(4.4 stars; 314 reviews)

There’s trouble on CMC-6 and it’s been brewing for a long time. The golden age of space travel and asteroid mining has ended almost before it began and the bean counters have taken over. Sally Buds’ patients are all suffering from low-gravity syndrome because the Canadian Mining Consortium won’t spring for gravity generators and the miners won’t exercise. On top of this the station might be facing hard times. An expensive mining robot disappeared while surveying a region of space known and KEL-30 or “Kelthy.” The problem was not in replacing the robot, but rather in the fact that the machine reappeared after the replacement had been ordered. How could the station personnel have been so incompetent? But Sally has another question. Where did the probe go when it was out of contact? Where did the strange rock samples come from and why did the images it saw not correspond with known star charts? Her new friend Ian Merryfield, an RAF shuttle pilot, wants to know, too. But the station commander does not. What is in the Kelthy region and why do things disappear there? Is it a hoax intended to scare away claim jumpers or is it the greatest discovery of the twenty-first century? Ian and Sally intend to find out even if it means risking their careers or even their lives. Not knowing would be worse.

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(5 stars)

Love it. Don't be put off by the slightly clumsy start of this many, many book series. It gets better and better as you go. I accidentally dropped in to the first episode of a book many books in. I backed up to the start and I am glad I did. The whole series is a joy. You even get to enjoy the author getting better. Hang on and have fun.

Listen to this series!

(5 stars)

This book is a little slow, but the next book (homesick) is one of my favorite on librivox. I recommend listening to this first to build character and set the plot for the series. The narrators voice bothered me a little at first but once you get into it you won't stop until you finish the journey. Thank you!

what prospector!

(5 stars)

This is the first of 6 fold stories. It sets up the main characters and the fold universe’s conventions. Sally Buds is the main protagonist drawn into a series of events / actions that are only slightly in her control once the ball starts rolling. Interesting premise - “the fold” will expand mans reach the into space for sure.

(0 stars)

I liked this story, and the subsequent one, Homesick. I tried contacting the author, via their web site, but the contact form does not work. I am looking forward to the next 2 in the series (after Homesick). I hope the donation helps move things along :)

(0 stars)

I give it 8 of 5! The story sucked me in and I couldn't wait to finish reading it. Not many books are so well written that I can't seem to put them down! Thanks! Can't wait to see more of your good works!

Loved It!

(5 stars)

Just finished the first book in your series and can't wait for the rest! When I enjoy a book this much it is so awesome knowing I get to continue on in the world you have created. Thanks!

(0 stars)

Adin, Thank you for your support! Homesick is in the works now and will be up to the minimum five episodes within a few weeks. That's when Sally Buds really has some problems to solve. Thanks again, Paul J.


(5 stars)

An amazing start to the series, constantly grips you and keeps you wanting more. the characters are in depth and are extremely life like. This is a must for any Sci Fi fan. 5 stars